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One small step forward for Kyoto Protocol

Posted on 17 November 2006

The UN climate change meeting ended in Nairobi with an agreement to take a small step forward to keep the world on track to start formal negotiations on the next round of cuts in CO2 emissions starting in 2007.

Nairobi, Kenya – The twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention and second meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol ended here with an agreement to take a small step forward to keep the world on track to start formal negotiations on the next round of cuts in CO2 emissions starting in 2007, says WWF.

Ministers attending the UN climate talks edged the planet towards a safer, low-carbon future. But they did not seize the opportunity to make the further decisions needed for deeper emission cuts beyond 2012. Governments recognized that global emissions need to be reduced by 50 per cent by 2050, but at this pace the negotiations will not get us there.

“While progress was made in Nairobi, our leaders must recognize that scientific evidence and public opinion demands much stronger action than what was agreed,” stressed Hans Verolme, Director of WWF’s Global Climate Change Programme.

The meeting in Nairobi provided a sufficient platform for further talks, but WWF will continue to press hard for these talks to meet the challenges of climate change to people and the planet. In particular, WWF welcomed an agreement on the adaptation fund, but the level of funding remains far below the amount required to meet the social and environmental problems faced by developing countries.

Also, there is no timetable in place yet for reducing CO2 emissions beyond 2012, when the current Kyoto commitment period ends. An agreement is needed to see these talks concluded by 2008 and to ensure a vibrant carbon market.

“The devastating impact of climate change throughout the world cannot be ignored and rich countries need to lead in taking the next step,” added Verolme. “Climate change is undermining years of fragile economic progress here in Africa and damaging nature on a massive scale. While there was forward momentum these talks clearly lacked in ambition relative to the challenge the planet faces.”

“Ministers must take home the clear message that next year’s meeting in Indonesia is the last chance for governments to start full negotiations for deeper cuts in emissions to keep the rise in global temperatures below the critical 2°C level.”

For further information:
Brian Thomson, WWF International, +41 79 477 3553, bthomson@wwfint.org
Kimunya Mugo, WWF Eastern Africa Regional Programme Office, +254 723 786 191, kmugo@wwfearpo.org

Hans Verolme, new Director of WWF's global climate change programme
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